The season of the dragonflies is upon us, if you have no interest in odonata, bye bye.
The pits have been quiet bird wise but Black Saddlebags are again present, regular readers will remember their discovery last year at a time when they were considered rare in Quebec, based on the avalable information. To appear so early they may have overwintered as larvae although the available literature is not very clear on individual life cycles. Alternatively they arrived as migrants, perhaps information from elsewhere will clarify the situation.
Away from the pits I’ve been looking at a sand extraction pit at Cedarbrook where yesterday I finally identified the little devils that never land as Common Baskettails, this might be an important ID feature as the equally common Beaverpond Baskettail does land readily. Needless to say I did not manage a photo of the Common Baskettails, yet. One species I did pin down that was also new for me was River Cruiser, a bit of a non-descript that pretends to be a small darner type. I lucked in with this one when one landed right in front of me, good job too as they would be very tricky to ID on the wing unless you had the markings and structure pinned down.
Below are a few images, there is one bird so if you kept reading you won’t be totoally disappointed although it is only a sparrow!
Just a note on birding apps for the ipod/pad/phone. A recent on-line discussion highlighted three that are worth having, Warblerheads and Sparrowheads by Birdjam and something called Birdtunes which apears to be all of the North American (USA and Canada) bird songs in an easier to use format than Sibley (some of the songs are duplicates of those found on Sibley) and way better than anything that yells out the name first!
Four-spotted Skimmer/Chaser whatever, its got four spots.
Lancet Clubtail, it really is a small clubtail this one, just a bit bigger than a meadowhawk.
Northern Cloudywing and below, Hobomok Skipper – not sure what a Hobomok is, perhaps its sat on one..
Common Whitetail – the names half right.
Sedge Sprite – still with me?
The sparrow, of course I know what it is, if you don’t then bad news, back to basics! Incidentally, not sure what WordPress have done but some captions wander, I’m sure you will figure it out.